FROGGS & Chapman River Friends plant the second phase of the Geraldton Botanical Garden in Maitland Park

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Only the best native plants grown along the Chapman River were planted at the Geraldton Botanical Garden last weekend on Plant a Tree for History Day.

Friends of Chapman River and Friends of Geraldton Gardens (FROGGS) gathered in Maitland Park to plant phase two of the Geraldton Botanic Garden on Sunday. More than 35 people have volunteered to join the project.

The tree planting project is dedicated to Geraldton community gardening stalwart, Stan Maley, who passed away earlier this year.

Friends of Geraldton Gardens chair Irene Ghannage said the project, funded by MP Lara Dalton, Lotterywest, the City of Greater Geraldton and the Port Authority of the Midwest, was delivered in stages and extended its second phase to the first phase planted in 2020. .

“We try to simulate the Chapman River, so we only plant what grows there naturally,” she said.

“The Chapman River Friends were very helpful in finding species to plant.”

A section of phase two has been specially planted for the 100th anniversary celebration of Soroptimist International.

Jenny Beaver, a Soroptimist member, said the group was fortunate enough to be able to plant the trees, which will all bloom in their organisation’s colours.

“Because our colors are gold and blue, all the flowers we put here will have gold and blue tones,” she said.

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